Tuesday, November 3, 2015
500,000 of Your Closest Friends
So in case you haven't heard, the Royals won the World Series, for the first time in 30 years. Just minutes after I hit the 'post' button on Mira's last blog entry on Sunday night, the Royals mounted yet another miraculous comeback in the 9th inning, then completely sealed the Mets' fate with 5 more runs in the 12th. It was truly an unbelievable season for the Royals, after a stellar year, just one season ago when they fell 90 feet short of winning the World Series against the Giants.
In anticipation for the celebration today, most, if not all school districts cancelled school for the day, which I think was a very wise decision. Had any buses tried to come within 10 miles of downtown, they would have been trapped. With a parade starting at noon, followed with a rally at Union Station at 2:00pm, the volume of traffic and fans completely shut the city down this morning. I didn't even attempt to go into work, as I had heard that Northbound I-35, which leads into the west side of downtown, was a parking lot starting at 9:00am this morning. People were literally abandoning/parking their cars on the side of the highway, since there was nowhere to go and traffic was at a complete standstill for hours. People were comparing this surreal scene to something straight out of The Walking Dead. Some had a 3-4 mile walk from the highway to Union Station, based on the pictures I saw. Sarah had considered taking the boys down to the parade and I was going to stay home with Mira, but she quickly reconsidered after discovering the early traffic reports. Around 500,000 people consumed the city - I have never seen anything like it. It was an astounding turnout for the Royals.